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My replacement phone came last night. I was understandably excited to have it back but at the same time a little sad. I enjoyed the peace and quiet for the 3ish days I was phoneless. I wasn't worried about missed messages, phone calls or other notifications. It was bliss. There wasn't anything that made me constantly check whenever it dinged other than the 'not knowing what I was missing' mentality. Of course, I didn't like not having my alarm clock (had to buy a new one but it's purple! LOL) or a way to call anyone (don't have a home phone) but the rest was happily missed.

I didn't immediately start up my new phone. I savored the quiet for a little bit longer. I did eventually get it back up and running but deleted a lot of apps I haven't used in forever (thankfully just about everything I had on my old phone was backed up through Verizon Cloud and Google....phew!). I tried deleting Facebook completely from my phone but it was one of those dang pre-installed apps. I hadn't realized how much it consumed me, so I just decided to turn off all notifications and limit my usage of it. And it's been great! I also deleted several games that I hadn't played in awhile with the goal of loosening my tether.

I was spending too much time with my phone and not enough with my life. I know a lot of us have that same issue. Don't get me wrong; I didn't ignore my family or duties but I did find myself spending quite a bit of time on my phone. Always in my hand or within reach. I'd find myself absentmindedly scrolling FB; not really reading anything, just scrolling. It was not used during meals (unless a phone call and that was quick) or while visiting/talking with people.

So, even though it sucked that I lost my phone and it was a bit of a hassle to have to reinstall things, it showed me that I needed to simplify.

Simplify.

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